What is Yamanashi Prefecture, a land rich in nature in Japan?

by isoberyou

Yamanashi Prefecture has achieved a high level of development after the development of the town of Kofu by Shingen Takeda, a famous commander of Kai Province.

Fuji, Yatsugatake, and the Southern Alps, surrounded by beautiful and majestic mountains that represent Japan, and where you can enjoy nature in all four seasons.


Yamanashi Prefecture is located in the center of Japan. The area is 4,465 square kilometers. It is the 32nd largest among the 47 prefectures in Japan. It is divided into 13 cities, 8 towns and 6 villages and has a population of about 820,000. You can reach Kofu, the prefectural capital of Yamanashi, from Tokyo in about an hour and a half by express train.


About 78% of the land in Yamanashi Prefecture is covered by forests. Fuji to the south, the Akaishi Mountains to the west, Yatsugatake to the north, and the Okuchichibu Mountains to the east. The appeal of the mountains is that you can enjoy a variety of courses, including mountain courses.


Yamanashi Prefecture is surrounded by majestic mountains such as Mount Fuji, the symbol of Japan, Yatsugatake, Southern Alps, and Okuchichibu . The water is so famous that 7 places have been selected as one of the 100 best waters of the Heisei era. In addition , since the tap water in some areas of Yamanashi Prefecture is mineral water quality, we bottle the drinking water of the local people and sell it nationwide. Yamanashi is truly a land of famous water in Japan.


Yamanashi Prefecture produces a large number of fruits in Japan, and is famous for "grapes", "peaches", "cherries", "plums" and "pears". Among them, "grapes ", "peaches" and "plums" boast the largest production in Japan, and you can eat fresh fruits locally at low prices. In recent years, it has been attracting attention not only in Japan but also overseas, and exports are also being actively carried out.

Shingen Takeda

Yamanashi Prefecture is also the place where Shingen Takeda, the greatest general of the Warring States period, played an active role, so it is a recommended place for samurai and history lovers. For about 30 years since Takeda Shingen became the lord of the country at the age of 21, he has not only won successive victories in various battles, but also devoted himself to the management of the territory, especially flood control work and the prosperity of agriculture and commerce. He was deeply loved by the people of the fief. Even in modern times, it has influenced the customs of Yamanashi, and the "Takeda Shrine" where Takeda Shingen is enshrined has been built and has become a tourist spot. A public festival is held.

Fujikyu Highland

In Yamanashi Prefecture, there is a famous amusement park in Japan called "Fuji-Q Highland". Currently, Fuji-Q Highland has nearly 40 types of attractions, including 14 attractions that have been recognized as the "world's best" in Guinness World Records, and you can enjoy a variety of amusement facilities while looking at Mt. Fuji. . From the thrill rides, ``Fujiyama'' is the world's best in terms of maximum speed, length of winding, and maximum drop. ``Dodonpa'' is the world's best in terms of maximum speed. "Takabisha" is famous. In addition, the walking distance of 700m and the most terrifying haunted house " Super Shivering Labyrinth " has been recognized as a world record. It continues to evolve as a haunted house where you can experience the world's greatest fear.


Yamanashi's local cuisine is "Hoto". Hoto is a dish made by kneading wheat flour into thick, roughly cut udon noodles and simmering them with vegetables in a miso sauce. In 2007, it was selected by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as one of the "Top 100 Local Cuisines of Farming, Mountain and Fishing Villages". The origin of the name hoto is written in kanji as 'treasure sword', and it is said that the name comes from an anecdote that Shingen Takeda, a samurai in the Sengoku period of Kai Province, carved ingredients with a sword. Also, in Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi Prefecture, there is a very chewy udon called "Yoshida Udon". Recently, water shingen mochi, a jewel-like food made using the high-purity water of Yamanashi, is also famous.


As a souvenir from Yamanashi Prefecture, Kikyoya's "Kikyo Shingen Mochi" , which has been loved as a taste of Yamanashi without changing since it was released in 1968, is famous. “Kikyo Shingen Mochi” is a rice cake coated with soybean flour and eaten with brown sugar syrup. This is a famous sweet that represents Yamanashi Prefecture. The texture of the mochi is like marshmallows, and the harmony of the black sugar syrup makes you want to eat it again and again. In addition, at the Kikyoya head office in Fuefuki City, you can visit the factory and see the process of making Shingen mochi, and there is an all-you-can-eat Shingen mochi. .